Seeing The Water

The Reverend Emily Melcher

(Includes portions of the planned Feb. 10 service, which was cancelled due to the snow storm)

When MLK called for clergy of all faiths to travel to Selma to participate in the civil rights marches there, UU clergy and lay people showed up and put our lives on the line for racial justice. Less than five years later, African-American UUs challenged us to support their empowerment within and beyond Unitarian Universalism, and our responses to that challenge cause heartbreak for both white and African-American UUs, and led to the exodus of many African-Americans from our religious body. Five decades later, Unitarian Universalists of Color called upon our still predominantly white congregations and Association of congregations to eradicate white supremacy culture from our systems and structures. Their call has helped us move forward; it has also been met with significant resistance and backlash. In this final sermon in my series addressing Unitarian Unversalism’s challenges to become an anti-racist, anti-oppression, multi-cultural religion, I’ll attempt to make the water we swim in visible, and suggest the psychological work that white Unitarian Universalists need to do to be able to embrace this difficult and liberating work in our congregations and our Association of Congregations.

Worship Leader: Terra Anderson

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island
P.O. Box 1076
Freeland, WA 98249

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Our Minister

The Reverend Emily Melcher:

The Reverend Emily Melcher is an Ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister who served as Interim Minister in congregations in VT, CT, and WA prior to accepting our half-time position at UUCWI. She lives in Olympia and travels to Whidbey twice a month to conduct services. Emily is also pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership at Claremont School of Theology.

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